This is the schema for Advogato's mechanism for certifying
free software developers. The current system recognizes the combination of
talent and dedication in three levels: Apprentice, Journeyer, and Master.
All these levels are determined by peer certification. These certificates
are entered in individual records from the People page, and exported in each
user's FOAF file.
Advogato Trust Certifications Schema
An apprentice is someone who has contributed in some way
to a free software project, but is still striving to acquire the skills and
standing in the community to make more significant contributions. Ideally,
the Apprentice is in touch with either an individual mentor or a community
that helps to gain these skills. An Apprentice spends a significant amount
of time learning the craft of software development, whether by hands-on
practice, academic study, or careful observation.
Journeyers are the people who make free software happen. A
journeyer contributes significantly to an important free software project,
or is the author of a useful or technically innovative project. A Journeyer
is generally a competent programmer, but significant contributions of
documentation, artwork, or other non-code goodies counts too. Ideally, a
Journeyer works with others in the free software community to polish and
refine the library of free software. While not necessarily the equivalent of
full time, a Journeyer spends a significant amount of time on free
A Master is the principal author or hard-working co-author
of an important free software project, i.e. one that many people depend
on, or one that stands out in quality. A Master has command of the tools and
is an excellent programmer. Generally, a Master works equivalent to full
time (or more) on free software. Ideally, a Master writes clearly about the
work and its broader context, and serves as a mentor to others in the free
A user with no trust certification is referred to as an
observer. This is the default trust level of a new user and the level to
which you would certify someone to remove an existing trust certification.
An observer does not have posting priviledges and other powers associated
with trust users. They have read-only access to Advogato, with the
exceptions of editing their own user profile and posting blog entries.